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The WINDHAM COUNTY ACTION NETWORK (WeCAN) creates a unified directory for all Windham County grassroots organizations working in the fields of environmental and social justice.
The goal is to provide an easy way for Windham County residents to find out about the important work of these organization and find out how to get involved.
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Name of OrganizationBrief Description of OrganizationWebsite/Facebook PageMeeting Times/LocationsCurrent Initiatives
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Political Organizing
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Indivisible BrattleboroLocal Chapter of IndivisibleTo sign up for the e-mail list, e-mail: brattleboro.indivisible@gmail.com
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/web
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Sister District ProjectMatching "blue" districts with "red" districts to channel political energy where it's needed. https://www.sisterdistrict.com/
To get involved locally, e-mail Peg Alden, one of 5 "disctict captains" for the State of Vermont at alden.peg@gmail.com
For now it's all hands on deck for Delaware.  Stephanie Hansen’s strategic run for Delaware State Senate District 10. As more races begin (local and state in 2017) congressional in 2018), we will be paired with them. 
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The Putney HuddlePutney group to forward the Women's March actions.https://www.facebook.com/groups/205204029953475/Monthly meeting. Details shared via Facebook and email list (to join, e-mail: ThePutneyHuddle@Gmail.com)
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Windham County DemocratsPromote democratic values and help elect Democratic candidates
normally 1x month, Marlboro Grad Centr
meet regularly with elected representatives to initiatives in the state legislature
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Progressive PartyThe Progressive Party has full party status in the state of Vermont. It currently has seven members in the Legislature and two statewide offices, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and State Auditor Doug Hoffer. It has a human rights based platform.www.progressiveparty.orgReorganizing locally. No meetings set. Quarterly State Meeting is Sunday, Feb. 19th, 1 to 4 pm, Edmunds Elementary School, 229 Main St, Burlington. All welcome. Only members vote.Place Progressive Party members in public office.
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Climate Justice
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350 Brattleboro a local "node" of 350 Vermont, which is "uniting a mass movement for bold solutions that both lift up Vermonters and cut down carbon - to be a national and global example for solving the climate crisis."https://www.facebook.com/350Brattleboro/Meeting Times / Locations: 1st Wednesdays (Public Forum), 6 - 8 pm, Brooks Memorial Library 2nd Floor Mtg Rm (Brattleboro); 3rd Wednesdays (Leadership Team), 6 - 8 pm, Location Varies.Divestment, particularly VT state funds from TD Bank, Solidarity with Standing Rock, support 350VT campaigns
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350 Vermont: Mother Up!Mother Up!: Parents Exchange for Change brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world.http://350vermont.org/campaigns/mother-up/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1575656819412318/4th Mondays, 5:30-7:30pm, KidsPLAYce (Brattleboro)Divestment, particularly VT state funds from TD Bank, Solidarity with Standing Rock, Anti-Pipeline work, Decolonization
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Post Oil SolutionsFounded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern Vermont whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, resilient , collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society.http://postoilsolutions.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Post-Oil-Solutions-103878916579/?fref=tsFridays, 12-1pm, TD Bank vigil (Brattleboro); Fridays, 1-2pm, TD Bank vigil (BF); 4th Tuesdays, 6-8pm, Climate Change Cafe, Brooks Library (Brattleboro) - Climate Change Café, 4th Tues of month, 6 PM, Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street Brattleboro: films, presentations, forums
-- climate change mailing list: climate and activism updates, contact Tim (berel@vermontel.net) to be added
--- Brattleboro Farmers Market, Nov-March, 10 AM-2 PM, River Garden Main Street, Brattleboro -- 99th Monkee Affinity Group, direct action & civil disobedience against fossil fuel infracturture in VT & MA, and TD Bank
-- Edible Brattleboro: promoting gardening throughout Brattleboro,contact Marilyn Chiarello,bratthouse@gmial.com, for meeting details
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Edible Brattleboro, a project of Post Oil SolutionsWe have set out to "grow food everywhere for everyone" using regenerative permaculture practices. In the process, we aim to help people who may be food insecure while creating beautiful edible landscapes. Building healthy living soil is a primary focus in our gardens, as the microbial action in healthy soil is essential for drawing down carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. This results in resilience to floods and drought, production of more nutrient-dense food and balancing water and carbon cycles for a healthy planet. Educating and empowering people are essential elements of our vision.https://www.facebook.com/EdibleB/Contact us for email notification - Edible Brattleboro@gmail.comPublic "Help Yourself" gardens at Brattleboro Food Co-op and Turning Point Recovery Center. More locations TBA. This year we will facilitate a "share the abundance" program for local gardeners to share produce with others throughout the growing season.
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Living Earth Action Group (Westminster-based)Taking actions to protect and preserve our Mother Earth locally, nationally and internationally.e-mail: caitlin@sanctuaryvermont.comEvery Friday, 5-6pm at West West Church or Library
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Safe & Green CampaignA grassroots, people powered effort for a nuclear free, carbon free future that organized educational forums, rallies and marches to shut down Vermont Yankee.http://www.safeandgreencampaign.org/Potluck, first Mondays of each month. email for info: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.comWe are now watchdogs on decommissioning Yankee, including what to do with 900 tons of highly radioactive waste, corporate ownership, state oversight or lack there of, and the NRC (a rubber-stamp captive regulator).
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LGBTQ Justice
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Green Mountain CrossroadsGreen Mountain Crossroads connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power.http://www.greenmountaincrossroads.org/first Thursdays 7-9PM (game night); last Fridays 7-8:30 Friday Night Group for LGBTQ Youth; last wednesdays Trans Book Group 6-8PM. All those gatherings are at The Root.Out in the Open Summit for rural & small town LGBTQ folks; support and social groups for trans feminine folks, all trans/gendequeer/gender non-conforming people, LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ people of all ages and allies; oral history and documentary project on the Andrew's Inn; racial justice film series in collaboraiton with Lost River Racial Justice; rapid community response events; other annual events such as Earth Gay (spring), Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance (fall), and Pride Family Picnic (summer).
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Racial Justice
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Vermont Partnership for Fairness and DiversityA resource Vermont leaders turn to for expert training and coaching on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the public sphere.http://www.vermontpartnership.org/
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Black Lives Matter Vermont (South)Southern Hub of Black Lives Matter VT www.blacklivesmattervermont.com "Black Lives Matter Vermont is a growing network of individuals, families and businesses invested in the liberation of Black Vermonters, and the deactivation of systemic racism endured by all people of color in our state. Black Lives Matter Vermont is an official non-profit organization recognized by the state of Vermont, is in close communication with the national Black Lives Matter organization, and is in the processing of becoming an official national chapter. BLM VT shares the same vision with the national movement and has a local vision as well. We identify as a peaceful, non-violent movement. The premise behind our existence is to stop the violence against Black people."https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatterbrattleboro/?fref=ts
http://blacklivesmattervermont.com/
2nd Monday of every month 6-8pm at The RootBLM VT membership drive, fundraising
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Lost River Racial JusticeLost River Racial Justice is a racial justice organization working in Windham County, VT; Franklin County, MA; and Cheshire County, NH that came together in the winter of 2015. We do community organizing using a racial justice lens that is accountable to People of Color-led organizations. Our shared values are transformative justice, collective liberation, praxis, organizational accountability, localism/rural-centered, and redistribution of power. We are an affiliate of the national organization SURJ – Showing Up For Racial Justice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/784631334946403/ www.lostriverracialjustice.orgvariesFundraising working group partnering with BLM VT South on Membership drive and other activities. Host a quarterly racial justice film series. Other working groups include: Ready Response, Political Education, Media/Communications, SURJ liaisons
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Windham County NAACPA NAACP branch currently in the process of forming. Will act as a resource and advocate for the rights and needs of people of color in our community. https://www.facebook.com/windhamcountynaacp/Organizing Committee meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings. Public Meetings Monthly - Email for more information. Next location TBDOrganizing our founding 100 members. Planning/prioritizing issues to focus on.
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Class and Workers' Rights
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Rights and Democracy RAD is a multi-issue People's Organization engaging in community organization, mass canvassing, grassroots lobbying, electoral campaign and direct lobbying to advance social, racial, economic and environmental justice on a local and statewide level in VT and NH. Our mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government. We work in partnership with community groups, progressive unions, faith communities, organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and environmental and climate action groups.radvt.org, https://www.facebook.com/rightsanddemocracy/ (also radnh.org & rights-democracy.org)$15 Minimum wage in VT, Family & Medical Leave Insurance, divesting from fossil fuels, Decarcerate VT
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Vermont Workers' CenterThe VWC organizes for social & economic justice, building a movement of poor and working class folks in VT. Our current campaign, Healthcare Is a Human Right, is organizing people affected by the healthcare crisis as both patients and healthcare workers to take action to transform healthcare from a profit-driven industry to a public good. https://www.workerscenter.org/about
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Cross Class Dialogue CirclesCross Class Dialogue Circles are co-facilitated by ACT for Social Justice and Think Again Training. This is a unique opportunity to learn about class on a personal, interpersonal and systemic level. The goal is to prepare us to show up more effectively for economic justice on both the micro and macro levels.http://www.act4socialjustice.com/cross-class-dialogue-circles/Feb 4, 18 Mar 11 - 9-3 at The Root
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Vermont State Employees AssociationUnion (VSEA) Brattleboro ChapterThe mission of VSEA is to improve the quality of life in the state of Vermont and for its public employees. We also support other social justice issues.https://www.facebook.com/vseaunite/
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Brattleboro Solidarity Brattleboro Solidarity is a group located in Southern Vermont, acting with the people of the world who are resisting injustices. Our organizing is rooted in deepening knowledge and building the world we wish to see. https://www.facebook.com/brattleborosolidarity/
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Women's Rights
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Women's Action TeamFeminists inspired by resistance and resilience. We fight for sexual freedom, health and safety, reproductive justice, and the recognition of the full rights of all women. We are one force in a multi-faceted opposition, working in solidarity against intolerance and hate. We invite you to join us for political action and artful organizing.https://www.facebook.com/groups/125056061326951/as of now irregular meeting times on Tues or Thurs evenings, notification by facebook event and/or emailmobilizing SoVer women for actions including marches, protests, direct action, resistance art, etc.
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Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern VermontTogether we will advocate for the continuation and growth of services of Planned Parenthood in Southern Vermont.https://www.facebook.com/groups/388097208236681/
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It Takes A VillageProvides resources and peer support to families with new babieswww.brattleborovillage.com
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Disability Rights
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Inclusion Centerdrop in/activity sessions and activism by people with disabilitilies and communityhttp://inclusioncenter.webs.com/Monday 11:30 to 3:30 First Baptist Church, Friday 11:30 to 3:30 St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Work Groups 10:00 location variesvideos teaching about disability from personal stories, educating public about accessibility and much more
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Vermont Psychiatric Survivors
Independent, statewide mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization run by and for psychiatric survivors. Founded in 1983, our primary purpose is to insure the equal rights, protection and participation of people marginalized by psychiatric diagnoses and labels. We offer mutual support, publish a quarterly newspaper that is distributed throughout Vermont, advocate and educate to challenge discrimination, and offer technical assistance to allied organizations.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org
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Advocacy for Quality Education
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Let's Grow KidsLet's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality,affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities and economy.http://www.letsgrowkids.org/
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Gun Violence Prevention
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Gun Sense Vermont Vermonters working to keep guns out of the wrong hands. www.gunsensevt.orgno regular meetings, communication occurs through the e-mail listThe group's primary focus is Universal Background Check legislation at the state level.
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Family-Friendly Activism
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Parenting for Social JusticeChildren are the future! Parenting for Social Justice aims to get more parents involved in social justice actions with their whole families. We do this by gathering in community and providing resources, connections, and inspiration.http://www.act4socialjustice.com/parentingforsjblog/2017 at Putney Library 10am-noon - Jan 22, Feb 12, Mar 19. 2017 at Brooks Memorial Library 6-8pm - March 8, April 12, May 10
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Family Solidarity Action NetworkA network of families in Southern Vermont committed to social justice parenting. This group arose out of Parenting 4 Social Justice discussion groups to examine how to support our children and each other in building a culture of racial, economic, and gender equality. This group is a space for continuation of that work, and translating these values into action.https://www.facebook.com/groups/308021172920616/
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Local Love BrigadeThe mission of this group is to band together when there is an incident of hate and respond with giant helpings of love, (For example: postcards with messages of support.)https://www.facebook.com/groups/LocalLoveBrigade/no regular meetings; communication occurs through the facebook groupSending postcards with messages of support to individuals and insitutions around the state who have experienced hate.
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Strengthening Community
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Brattleboro Time TradeBrattleboro Time Trade provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services, resulting in a more resilient, connected community. Each hour of time spent on any given service is equal to one time credit in our online time bank. Members accrue and spend time on goods and services of their choosing.www.brattleborotimetrade.orgWinter Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-3 pm, Fridays, 12-4pm
- Assisting with growing the number of public edible gardens in downtown Brattleboro.
-(other projects in pipeline but currently focused on reruiting board members and laying groundwork)
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The Hive Mutual Support Network
Creating spaces and infrastructures for people to support each other to survive and thrive, reclaiming our ability to navigate the conditions of living through mutual supporthivemutualsupport.netFirst Saturdays 5-7 pm at the Root; drop-in hours on Mondays 6-8 pm at 24 Flat St. Suite 202Forming support cells (small, closed, autonomous support groups), monthly potluck featuring guest-facilitated discussions or activities, Alternatives to Suicide group (Wednesdays at 6 pm), alternatives to policing organizing
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Letters Through BarsWrite letters to incarcerated friends, loved ones, and other pen pals. We have supplies and lists of incarcerated LGBTQ folks and political prisoners, if you need a pen-pal.4th Saturday of each month, 10-noon at The RootLetter-writing to incarcerated pen-pals
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Just Schools ProjectTransforming schools and communities through restorative practices and social justice. Restorative practices training and support to end the school-to-prison pipeline and create community-based approaches to harm repair.www.justschoolsproject.orgRestorative practices in schools, alternatives to policing workshops (forthcoming)
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The Root Social Justice CenterThe Root Social Justice Center is organizing for Racial Justice. The goal is to move resources and power to People of Color led organizing. The Root also provides a much needed community space for all social justice oriented groups to meet. And we host a Radical Lending Library! Check out the website to schedule an event, to volunteer, and to see the events calendar. Become a part of The Root community today!http://www.therootsjc.org/Black Lives Matter-VT, Youth Organizing, I am VT, Too, Social Justice Forums
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Order of the Phoenix 05346This is an email list serve to notify people of local actions primarily for people who do not use Facebook or other forms of social media. Anyone can post or join by sending Patricia an email request.E-mail Patricia Whalen: whalen.patricia@gmail.comNo meetings
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Song & SolidaritySong & Solidarity is about raising our voices in song, and sustaining ourselves and being aware of what's happening in the area.https://www.facebook.com/songnsolidarity/Normally Sundays at 3 p.m. on the 4th floor of Holton Hall at the Austine School. BUT CHECK THE FACEBOOK PAGE FIRST. There are times we have to meet at a different place.We held an open, public sing in Pliny Park attended by about 40 people during the February Gallery Walk. It was fun and are considering doing the same in March.
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Human Rights CafeA safe and inspiring space to share human rights concerns and information—and to plan solutions and actions.http://www.srcommunity.org/human-rights-cafe.htmlSaturday mornings January-March 2017, 9-11 am, Dining Room of Christ’s Church, 24 Main Street, Saxtons River
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Brattleboro Food Co-opA community owned market and deli owned by 7,000 cmmunity members. We specialize in local, organic, non-gmo and conventional foods. We aim to be a communiry hub that offers great food, free educationl classes, and support to local organizations with like minded missions and a hope to engage the community in shopping local. www.brattleborofoodcoop.coopBoard meeting, 1st Monday of each month at 5:15Food for All: A 10% discount for those who qualify for food security programs. Bag a Bean: Shoppers can bring containers to fill and bags to fill and receive 5 cents for each that can be donated to a monthly rotation of local non-profi organizations. Also many free kids classes focused on healthy eating through our Education and Outreach department.
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Faith Groups
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Social & Environmental Action Committee (SEAC) at All Souls Churche-mail: seacbrattvt@gmail.comEvery Second Sunday from 11:30am - 1pm at All Souls Church
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Putney Friends MeetingPutney Friends Meeting is a welcoming faith community deeply rooted in the Quaker tradition. As Friends, we believe that every man, woman, and child has the capacity to both inwardly experience and faithfully respond to God's love, presence, and guidance. In our experience, there is "that of God in everyone" and we seek to nurture a sense of being joined to this Divine Presence and to one another.http://putneyfriendsmeeting.orgMeetings for worship on Sundays (First day): 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Monthly Meeting for business: Third Sunday of every month (except for July and August): 12:00 noon.We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, classes and experience. You are welcome to join us as you are.
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Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative (BAII)BAII is an inclusive community of people of diverse religious and spiritual communities and secular groups. Anyone who is interested can join us in our search for mutual understanding and creative solutions to local and global problems. In this search we are both contemplative and activist.https://www.facebook.com/interfaithinbrattleboro/Monthly meeting: 3rd Wednesday from 12-1:30 at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro. Other events can be found on our facebook page.Now that Brattleboro has voted to join the Charter for Compassion, we are identifying and working to pursue a goal or goals to solidify ideals into actions. Other initiatives include environmental and social justice awareness and activism, prison ministry, moment for peace (gallery walk) and unsung hero awards.
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Community Groups to Help Sustain Activism
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The Putney HuddlePutney group to forward the Women's March actions.https://www.facebook.com/groups/205204029953475/Monthly meeting. Details shared via Facebook and email list. (email: ThePutneyHuddle@Gmail.com to be added to the list)
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Action Podlocal educators (mostly; others are welcome!) focused on transforming the current political climate through activism/raising awareness/supporting studentshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/227139454404536/

Join e-mail list at: vtindivisible@gmail.com
monthly meetings, details shared through facebook group or emails (Join e-mail list at: vtindivisible@gmail.com)
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Women Marching Forward An intergenerational women’s political action group that works to sustain activism on the many issues that need attention. We do this by sharing knowledge, networking, and sponsoring monthly teach-in that develop women’s voices and leadership skills.To join the e-mail list: Sign into google groups: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview. Search for "Women Marching Forward" and ask to join. If you run into problems, e-mail Annamarie Pluhar at annamarie.pluhar@gmail.com and she will help you out.Monthly meetings at the Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, on either the fourth Tuesday or Sunday of the month.Upcoming Teach-Ins:
Tuesday, March 21st from 6pm - 8pm: "Lessons from Vermont Yankee Campaign: How to Stay With It for the Long Haul"
Sunday, April 23rd from 4pm - 6pm: "Supporting Women Who Run for Office: An Introduction to Emerge VT"
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